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Durham County Library Hosts Talk on Malcolm X and Student Organizing in Durham

Program: Meet the Author: Richard Benson
Date: Sunday, December 8
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Dr. Richard Benson II for a reading and discussion of his new book, Fighting for Our Place in the Sun: Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement 1960-1973 at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.

Benson focuses on the student movement and the shift in black power that developed as a result, both nationwide and in Durham. One of these displays of radicalism was Malcolm X Liberation University, which was located in Durham. The work also sheds light on how Malcolm X’s educational philosophy and mentoring of young activists directly influenced the early stages of the Black Power Movement. It frames Malcolm X as more than a radical political demagogue, but as teacher, educator and mentor.

Benson is an assistant professor and associate chair of the Education Studies Program at Spelman College in Atlanta. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies, specializing in the history of education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

This program is co-sponsored by SJHF, Inc./Hayti Heritage Center and Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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